Today’s post is one of my very favorite posts of the year.
All year I share with y’all what my favorite things are, and then at the end of the year, I always like to see what y’alls favorite things were! I always find it super interesting to dig deep and find out what you ladies really gravitated towards, and I’m almost always surprised by at least a couple of items.
And for the record, I guess it should come as no surprise that most of MY top items ended up being some of Y’ALLS top items too! I mean, when I absolutely LOVE something, I talk about it over and over and over again. It’s like a quirk that I have. If I realllllllllllllly love something then I want y’all to know about it and love it too. It’s like I make it a personal mission for you to at least try the item so you can form your own opinion!
So, I now present to you…..the 2020 STMT Reader Top 10….
1. MUST HAVE leggings / 2. WIT AND WISDOM JEANS: raw hem ankle jeans – clean jeans – itty bitty boot cut jeans/ 3. boyfriend shorts / 4. masks / 5. Jumbo Cleansing Balm/ 6. best throw ever / 7. cordless stick vacuum / 8. Edge Lux sneakers / 9. UNMENTIONABLES: Bliss perfection bra – undies – T-shirt bra / 10. joggers
NUMBER 10: COZY FLEECE JOGGERS
I’m so surprised that these weren’t higher on the list this year…especially because #2020.
These joggers are super soft, made out of a cozy fleece, and you’re going to want to wear them 24/7. And the code SHEAFFER20 will get you 20% OFF right now!
If you’ve been following for awhile, you are aware that I’m borderline obsessed with joggers. I like thin ones, I like thick ones, I like full length ones, I like capri ones. I JUST LIKE JOGGERS.
This pair from Gibson has always been in my Top 3 pairs of joggers. I love that they are super light weight and although they are great for lounging at home, I also love throwing them on with sneakers to bop around town. This particular pair boasts cozy brushed fleece fabric, a drawstring waist, and front pockets. In the past, I’ve had many readers that say they slip these on every single night after they get home from work. Now that many people are working from home, I’m imagining that these babies are getting worn all day a great majority of the week.
I’m wearing a petite small here (I’m 5’4″), but the regular smalls provide a more relaxed look. BIG TIP: I thought the drawstring was too long, so I cut it on both sides and then tied a knot on both ends.
I’m going to show you the joggers styled several different ways…
With this top, I think you can see how you could totally be wallowing on the couch as comfy as can be, but you could hop on a zoom call and the top would have you looking all sorts of put together. I’m wearing a medium in the top.
This next top surprised me. I mean, it’s just a long sleeve v neck, but it is definitely one of my favorite tops and I find myself reaching for it ALL THE TIME. I don’t know why, but it’s so flipping cute! This little stripe caught my eye, and it has the perfect v, a slightly dropped shoulder, and thumb holes! AND OHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYYYY WORD IT’S SO SOFT.
I also just like the way it fits. It lays nicely, and it isn’t too fitted OR too slouchy.
For size reference, I’m wearing a small and it’s still super roomy.
Love the matchy matchy sets too.
And the classic black with the grey joggers.
Click HERE for all of the cozy fleece v neck color options.
And the color block is a lot of fun!
Plain and simple, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND these joggers. And remember to use the code SHEAFFER20 for 20% OFF!
NUMBER 9: UNMENTIONABLES
#9 was a tie….. These items were #10 on last year’s list. And in previous years, both of these items have made the Top 5 list. In fact, 1 year one of them was #1. They are still going strong MANY years after I first introduced them to you. Can you guess what they are?
I’ll give you a hint, I wear at least 1 of them EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
START OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH SOME NEW UNDIES! #youdeserveit
You can click HERE to see a post where I talk more about both the bra and the undies. (Scroll to almost of the bottom of the post to see all of my thoughts. You’ll see a picture of the bra and the undies together, and I share my thoughts about both of them right above the picture.)
And although this bra didn’t make the top 10 list, it should have. I mean, it’s a strapless bra that I wear when I don’t even have to wear a strapless. Yes, it’s that good. And one of the color options is ON SALE!
Also, although they didn’t make the Top 10 list, these undies are also favorites of mine (and y’alls as well). I found them a couple of years ago, and I like them even more than the above when a panty line is a real concern. We’re talking NO VISIBLE PANTY LINES. AT ALL. And they totally stay put. Click HERE to get to two different posts I wrote awhile back about my favorite items from Soma! It’s a brand that I don’t talk about super often, BUT I LOVE.
NUMBER 8: EDGE LUX SNEAKERS
It was no surprise to me that the Edge Lux sneakers made the Top 10 list. They are SO LIGHT, SO COMFY, and SO DANG CUTE!
True to size for me.
This color is almost sold out, but there are several other colors available.
Conner has them in this pattern and loves them. So do I.
NUMBER 7: CORDLESS STICK VACUUM
THIS ONE FLOORED ME!
Although it shouldn’t have, because the feedback I’ve received regarding this vacuum has been OVERWHELMING.
Y’all love it just as much as I do.
Click HERE for the original post and the full review. I also have a highlight reel on ig stories titled “Stick Vac” where you can see Carter breaking down everything he loves about the vacuum!
Look how happy this vacuum makes me.
IT’S SO GOOD. It definitely deserves a spot in the Top 10!
NUMBER 6: THE BEST THROW EVER
It’s #6 this year, but it was #1 in the past!
And it’s not even something that you wear.
WHAT? HOW CAN THIS BE?
DRUM ROLL PLEASE.
It’s the famous throw blanket!!!
I bought ONE OF THESE for my family in July during the anniversary sale several years ago, and we are now all obsessed. They make perfect gifts and come in many colors. And they are on sale right now! Y’all buy multiples every year for gifts, which is why I think it still has a place in the Top 10 (and probably always will).
And it’s ON SALE right now!
NUMBER 5: RADIANT CLEANSING BALM
Out of all of the products in the Colleen Rothschild line (and I use and love MANY of them), the radiant cleansing balm is my favorite product by far. It totally changes the taking off your make up game, and I’m telling you, you won’t even dread washing your face at night. I KNOW. That’s a big claim, but I stand behind it.
AND LOTS OF YOU TRIED IT AND NOW AGREE WITH ME!
And right now it’s 20% OFF with the code BYE2020.
This balm truly has a cult following. For those of you that haven’t tried it yet, it’s different than any other cleanser I’ve ever used. First of all, I apply it to a dry face. I scoop out a small amount of the balm with dry hands and slather it on to my dry face. And as I rub it on my face, the heat from my hands changes the balm into more of an oily texture and it just feels incredibly luxurious. It melts my makeup away, leaves my skin feeling amazing and hydrated, and the light citrus smell is PERFECT.
Not only do I use it to cleanse my face morning and night, I also use it as a type of leave on mask when I’m battling dry skin. If my skin is dry, normal moisturizer tends to just sit on the surface, and my skin won’t absorb it enough to be properly moisturized. But when used as a mask, the cleansing balm hydrates my skin like nothing else can, and I cannot recommend it enough.
With the code it’s only $76 right now, and it’s a little over TWICE as much product as the regular size balm (which is $65)! Depending on how much product you use, people report it lasting between 6-12 months. I would say that it lasts a solid 9 months for me….and that’s with me using it to wash my face AND use it as a moisturizer when I need it! When you price it out the cost per month, it’s a FANTASTIC deal.
And just FYI, if you want to try other products besides the cleansing balm, you can shop the entire site for 20% OFF with the code BYE2020. In addition to 20% OFF most of the site, there’s up to 50% OFF select products. I just replaced my dual enzyme polish (ONLY $40 right now), and the age renewal super serum is $68 right now (regularly $90)!
NUMBER 4: FACE MASKS
If you would have told me in 2019 that face masks would be on my Top 10 list in 2020, I would have thought you were crazy.
BUT HERE WE ARE.
After trying countless masks this year, these are still my favorite. This mask comes in several colors/patterns, but my favorites are the camo, the engineered stripe, and the leopard. If I had to choose just 1, I would choose the engineered stripe because it seems to go with any outfit.
These masks have nose-to-chin coverage and are machine washable for reusable convenience. I really need my masks to have a metal nose piece that helps to keep the mask in place, and these have the metal nose piece! (I’m told the nose piece also helps glasses not to fog up, for those of you that wear glasses.) This one stays put and I never have to readjust it. And they’re cute!
When wearing them, some don’t like that they protrude out a bit under the nose, but I actually REALLLLLLLY appreciate the little bit of extra breathing room!
NUMBER 3: BOYFRIEND DENIM SHORTS
These boyfriend shorts have been in my personal Top 5 for the last several years, but this is the first year that I recall them making the Top 10! I’m guessing this was their year because they appeared in almost every single one of my outfits this summer. Seriously. I wore them constantly.
I actually have them in both a 27 and a 28. I like both fits.
Here are just a few outfits with the shorts….
And fyi, 10 minutes before I took this picture I was pasty white. But my aggressive paleness was nothing my favorite tanner couldn’t fix! I think I first used this product last summer, and now I’m very loyal. I love the mitt it comes with and I love that you can see the color as it goes on. It’s pretty much a fail proof application, and the color is very natural.
NUMBER 2: WIT AND WISDOM JEANS
Y’all know I love Wit and Wisdom jeans.
In fact, this year, I think they might have been the only jean brand I ever wore. I’m telling you, I no longer wear jeans that don’t have stretch in them. #lifeistooshort
They are SO stretchy, SO comfy, and SO flattering…..and they come in so many different washes and styles that there’s truly something for everybody. In fact, if we were ranking brands for the year, Wit and Wisdom would be the #1 Reader Favorite brand on the blog. But because I showed so many different pairs of jeans, there wasn’t 1 particular pair that made the Top 10. But there were several pair that catapulted Wit and Wisdom Jeans to the #2 favorite.
Probably my very favorite jeans this year are these raw hem ankle jeans.
They really are just as cute as can be. I love the frayed ankle hem.
Here they are again.
These jeans were definitely the most worn jeans in my closet this year. They are a great wash, and they are nice and clean without any distressing. The ankle length and raw hem pair perfectly with sneakers, flats, and booties.
For size reference, I’m wearing my regular size 4. And yes, they have the famous Ab-Solution technology that we’ve all grown to know and love.
And not surprising, the itty bitty boot cut jeans have made the Top 10 list. Again.
If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ve heard me sing the praises of these jeans at least 350 times. Well get ready, because today is 356.
I truly feel like everybody needs to try these jeans. You might not think you are a boot cut jeans girl, but I’d like to throw it out there that you just might be wrong. These jeans will lengthen your legs and the Ab-solution technology will suck you in and smooth you out (without being too restrictive). They will make you look 5 pounds thinner. NO JOKE. AND 2 inches taller. NO JOKE. They are a narrow boot cut, so you won’t be overwhelmed by the flare, and I think you will welcome having a pair of jeans in your closet that isn’t the standard skinny jean!
I’m wearing my regular size 4s, but many sizes down, especially if between sizes. They waistband is very stretchy and very forgiving. But don’t let the words “stretchy” and “forgiving” scare you, because these babies keep their shape all day long! Also, at 5’4″, the petites are too short on me. I like wearing a 3 inch wedge or heel with these jeans, and the petites would have only allowed me to wear flats, so the regular sizing works best for me.
GET THE JEANS. TRY THE JEANS. PLEASE. #ishallnotrestuntileverybodydoes
Also, the cashmere sweater just went 50% OFF! Cashmere for Under $50 is a great deal!
Here they are again.
These dark wash ankle jeans were another super popular pair this year. They are a great option with no distressing and a finished hem. I’m wearing my regular size 4.
NUMBER 1: THE MUST HAVE JOGGERS
Y’all. THIS ONE SHOCKED ME.
I WAS SHOOK.
Not because the joggers aren’t awesome and they don’t deserve to be number one. BECAUSE THEY TOTALLY DO.
I’m only surprised because I didn’t even find these leggings until mid November, and they not only made the Top 10…THEY ARE NUMBER 1.
Y’all know I can’t shut up about these babies.
I can’t help it. I ADORE mine, and I think that everybody needs to give them a try.
They are high waisted like the Zella high waisted live in leggings we all know and love. But get this, the waistband is a soft ribbed material. They don’t have as much compression as the original leggings, which actually makes them even more comfortable! And I’ll take comfort over compression every day of the week.
In addition to the cute pockets and the awesome ribbed waistband, there are also cute little bands at the bottom. So they have jogger styling, but they fit like leggings. They’re awesome.
Also. THEY ARE SO SOFT. Like reallllllllllly REALLY soft.
And I’m telling you, the fit is adorable.
These are the “black”, but I think they are more of a really dark charcoal grey. For size reference, I’m wearing a small. I’ve heard that some people are sizing down in these, but I like the fit of my regular size.
The leggings look great with both standard sneakers and fashion sneakers.
I could wear an outfit like this every single day of my life and be happy.
And a couple of more outfits with the must have leggings…
This drawstring hoodie is very soft, it’s got some stretch in it, and I like the design as well. The contrasting drawstrings, the exaggerated hemline, and the side slits all make it super cute. I fell in love with this vibrant blue, but it comes in a charcoal grey as well. For size reference, I’m wearing a medium. The medium was actually a little big (see how I have the sleeves cuffed), so I wished I would have ordered a small.
The soft pocket lounge leggings that are the star of the show.
I want to wear them every single day.
Here’s one more outfit showcasing the leggings that you need to try for yourself.
So, now I’m interested in what y’all think. Please sound off in the comments! If you have one of these items, please leave your thoughts! If you have several of these items, please tell me HOW MANY you have and/or name your items.
I would also be interested in knowing if you have a different STMT favorite from this year that didn’t make the list. If you do, please tell us what that item is in the comments. I’m going to have a separate post for favorite beauty products, so look for that next week!
END OF YEAR GIVEAWAY:
And here’s the fun part…each comment left will be an entry into a fun End of The Year Giveaway! I’m not sure what the prizes will be just yet, but 3 commenters from today’s post will be chosen at random, and the winners (and the prizes) will be announced next week. I’m thinking I’m going to send you one of MY personal favorites from the year.
Love you, ladies! Excited to read through the comments!